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“Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.” - Acts 12:5

 

After the resurrection and ascension of Jesus things didn’t get easier for the church. God manifested his presence and Glory in incredible ways, but they still continued to face unbelievable persecution. Acts 12 tells us that James, who had been leading the church at Jerusalem was killed by Herod. This doesn’t seem to be a real positive time for the church, but to make things worse the attention is turned to Peter, the man that the church had looked to a spiritual elder and leader. Herod wants to kill Peter also but can’t until after Easter, therefore he puts him in prison, planning on keeping him there until his execution. As I consider the extremely difficult trial of faith that the church was facing at that moment I am amazed that they didn’t collapse, or splinter. When faced with such difficulty the church turned their attention to God and prayed.

 

The answer for troubling circumstances should always be the same for the child of God- to pray. There are plenty of self-help books that promise a quick alternative to lose weight, gain wealth, grow your self-esteem, etc… but there is only one way to receive from God. The Psalmist said, “O LORD my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.” What the church needed most after watching James lose his life and Peter being imprisoned was an answer from Heaven. What I need most today is not another great book to read, not another fad diet, but I need most to hear from God. The sound of His voice brings healing, help, wholeness, and also power to overcome the circumstance I’m facing.

 

There is power in prayer to remove the filthy sin-stain that we’ve allowed the world to attach to us, to heal emotionally and physically, to encourage the oppressed, and to receive the outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit that I so desperately need in my life. All of these and more come from allowing God to breathe life into me when I get alone with him in prayer. I hope that you would recognize the privilege of prayer and the access that you have to the chain-breaking God that removed the shackles from Peter and will also deliver you from the things that you’re facing today.

 

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Today's Scripture: Hebrews 7-9

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The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;

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